CHASING SHADOWS had shown nothing over fences before a much improved effort to run Carrig Millie close at Thurles. She had Back In A Tic behind on that occasion and though the latter improved on her next start at Limerick there's no real reason why the positions should be reversed. Gerdalia has more experience than most and has run in better company but she doesn't find much and looks booked for a place at best. Winning point-to-pointer Castle Genie has plenty to find but may prove best of the remainder.
Back In A Tic (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Soon raced off the pace in mid-division, closer in 4th after 3 out, no extra after next, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Charlie's Vic (10-11) at Limerick 2m 6f Mares Novice Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) (1) hvy.
Castle Genie (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway travelling well in 6th entering straight, ridden into 5th 2 out, 4th and no impression last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Speckled Wood (11-5) at Clonmel 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+) hvy.
Chasing Shadows (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Made most, slight bump 5 out, strongly pressed 2 out, soon joined, headed last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Carrig Millie (11-7) at Thurles 2m 2f mrs beg chs sft in Feb.
Gerdalia (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Waited with, progress to chase leaders and not fluent 3 out, kept on same pace from before straight, 3rd of 7, 32l behind Immediate Response (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Presenting Kate (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd when slight mistake 5 out, ridden approaching 3 out where dropped to 8th, no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Shattered Dream (11-3) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase hvy, 10 ran.
Vinnes Friend (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Chased leaders and never a factor, moderate 4th after 5 out, no threat from before 3 out, 4th of 5, 50l behind Call The Police (11-3) at Thurles 2m 2f chs Grade 3 (1) in Jan.